10/02/2002 12:55 pm ET
Maddux will not start Game 2
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux arrived at Turner Field on Wednesday morning and thought he might be able to make his scheduled start in Thursday night's Game 2 of the Division Series against the Giants.
But he and Braves manager Bobby Cox decided that it would be best to wait an additional two days until Saturday's Game 3. Both hope that the blister that has formed on Maddux's right index finger will dissolve by then.
"I could have pitched," Maddux said in regards to Thursday night. "But I don't think I would have been able to come back later in the series if I did. It's not fair to my teammates for me to put myself ahead of them."
Kevin Millwood, who had been scheduled to pitch Game 3, will now take Maddux's spot in Thursday's game.
Maddux has been bothered by the blister on his right index finger for the last two weeks. He threw some long toss during Tuesday's workout and thought he'd be ready in time for Thursday's game.
"It crossed my mind," Maddux said. "But you have to do what's best for everyone in here. I think this is the best thing for us."
Millwood, who will be making his sixth career postseason start, knew when he left the stadium on Tuesday that there was a strong possibility that he may need to pitch in Maddux's place.
"I knew there was a chance," Millwood said. "Knowing there was a chance, I prepared myself for the start."
Both Maddux and Millwood made their final regular season appearances during separate ends of a doubleheader against the Mets last Friday. Thus, both would have been entering Thursday's game with plenty of rest.
Millwood allowed four earned run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Giants on May 13. That was his only appearance of the year against them and came before he began a streak that saw him lose just three of his final 25 starts.
"I've come a long way since then," Millwood said of his start earlier this year against the Giants. "I'm throwing the ball good right now. But if I don't make the pitches, I know they will hurt me."
Tom Glavine, who lost Wednesday's Game 1 against the Giants, has faith in Millwood's abilities.
"Kevin has been as good as any other pitcher in baseball in the second half," Glavine said. "I think everyone would have liked to have seen Greg Maddux at 100 percent out there. But he's not 100 percent."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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